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Re: Fw: New Research Alert: The Fate of the Semantic Web

From: Chris Beer <chris@e-beer.net.au>
Date: Wed, 12 May 2010 22:23:19 +1000
Message-ID: <4BEA9DB7.3090707@e-beer.net.au>
To: washingtona@acm.org
Cc: rachel.flagg@gsa.gov, public-egov-ig@w3.org
+1 to Anne's take on this as well btw - well put. (Yes - I'm a bit 
behind this week ;) )

Chris

On 8/05/2010 7:06 AM, Anne L. Washington wrote:
> +1 Rachel and Adam.
>
> I'd like to see this group provide alternatives in addition to the 
> semantic-web ones we are pursuing. Remember, some agencies can barely 
> get PDFs uploaded to a website. Adding to Rachel's practicality note, 
> our solutions should cover a range of technical abilities and 
> management buy-in levels. Look forward to a discussion on a future call.
>
>
> Anne L. Washington
> http://home.gwu.edu/~annew/
>
> On Thu, 6 May 2010, rachel.flagg@gsa.gov wrote:
>
>> eGov group members,
>> I just read this new report from Pew (link below), and all the comments
>> from survey respondents, and it got me thinking about our eGov group.
>> Lately the email conversations and conference calls within our group 
>> have
>> been dominated with talk of linked data and the semantic web....and I
>> think we are moving away from our core mission.
>>
>> I am wondering how the semantic web can, in a PRACTICAL way, really help
>> us improve electronic government in the next few months of our 
>> Charter...
>> especially given that the semantic web still seems to be, to a great
>> extent, theoretical.  I am a big fan of practicality - and since our
>> Charter has a time limit - if we are going to develop some serious,
>> practical standards to help governments around the world improve their
>> online service delivery... is the semantic web really the best way to 
>> get
>> there?
>>
>> I welcome your thoughts on how we can get our group back on track, 
>> working
>> toward our THREE areas of focus:
>>
>> - Usage of Web Standards (Government Websites and use of best practices
>> and standards)
>> - Transparency and Participation (Enabling discovery, communications, 
>> and
>> interaction)
>> - Seamless Integration of Data (Use of data standards, Semantic Web, 
>> XML)
>>
>> Read the report: "The Fate of the Semantic Web"
>> http://pewinternet.org/Reports/2010/Semantic-Web/Overview.aspx?r=1
>>
>> Thanks!
>> -Rachel
>> -------------------------------
>> Rachel Flagg
>> Forum Community Manager
>> & Co-Chair, Federal Web Managers Council
>> Government Web Best Practices Team
>> Office of Citizen Services
>> U.S. General Services Administration
>> rachel.flagg@gsa.gov
>> www.webcontent.gov - Better websites. Better government.
>>
>> ----- Forwarded by Rachel L. Flagg/XCC/CO/GSA/GOV on 05/06/2010 07:38 AM
>> Pew Internet & American Life Project <info@pewinternet.org>
>> New Research Alert: The Fate of the Semantic Web
>> By Janna Anderson, Lee Rainie
>>
>> [http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?et=1103361950871&s=4634&e=001fwsSaGi8rI1W_X0fg6gEJzS4l7bg5ReW6gzAi4dV1Pe1Vy7lZMislUBeF4T3Blm3RhEVjkMkjsWybFKCHVBc7UtQl7QcNFLxehYRpCmc_uWEir9GrAC4TUvCcib1GX7nBFib4xI23nDChap61FI5bA==] 
>>
>>
>> May 4, 2010
>> Technology experts and stakeholders who participated in a recent survey
>> believe
>> online information will continue to be organized and made accessible in
>> smarter
>> and more useful ways in coming years, but there is stark dispute about
>> whether the
>> improvements will match the visionary ideals of those who are working to
>> build the
>> semantic web
>> [http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?et=1103361950871&s=4634&e=001fwsSaGi8rI3IMB91g_98ODxZNcOCVM_4GG0TEW-SG41U7bqM1T7xFYYt8JUSH_Uoy4bd3508wXDq9D_mM0GTOew7x_ADCqVUz_MwSUXzh7jB_-TQpa3IzDmczmJ-7HIvYST2jacZaDaIhIXnGDIBYBqaW6R31kwj_zDYpGnnbLgttIOAd4vIiO9JqqxLRVo1LJimaGt0OVoNNgK1kniVGw==]. 
>>
>>
>> Some 895 experts responded to the invitation of the Pew Research 
>> Center's
>> Internet
>> & American Life Project and Elon University's Imagining the Internet
>> Center to predict
>> the likely progress toward achieving the goals of the semantic web by 
>> the
>> year 2020.
>>
>> Asked to think about the likelihood that Berners-Lee and his allies will
>> realize
>> their vision, often called Web 3.0
>> [http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?et=1103361950871&s=4634&e=001fwsSaGi8rI35NY1_2-OqjWKENbU801OJ6j2rRgy-8cw7Y8Zu6xk-P5Axd1n23lR8lb_SjRKsldmlFTv0Ev9NOu42vh1aRZvMKvBftXpuvpd-HD6Dk8rmPxJkoVFSOEb7igoDcNykUeNulkjayvAolBIxUKlaILHH], 
>>
>> these technology experts and stakeholders were divided and often
>> contentious.
>> Some 47% agreed with the statement:
>>
>> "By 2020, the semantic web envisioned by Tim Berners-Lee will not be as
>> fully effective
>> as its creators hoped and average users will not have noticed much of a
>> difference."
>> Some 41% agreed with the opposite statement, which posited:
>>
>> "By 2020, the semantic web envisioned by Tim Berners-Lee and his allies
>> will have
>> been achieved to a significant degree and have clearly made a difference
>> to average
>> internet users."
>>
>> The web-based survey gathered opinions from prominent scientists, 
>> business
>> leaders,
>> consultants, writers and technology developers. It is the fourth in a
>> series of
>> Internet expert studies
>> [http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?et=1103361950871&s=4634&e=001fwsSaGi8rI351yrh91tYPRKXTWIJ2XWKZkOwP0puGgJTp-vcHhqCFXzdetSXN9eiwKz1G7JwnSl3RFlwUgbbZWcnoEG-fz1r7TZQCTIp7-XMTNdlpZUrzNkUHpR0G-cstrM8EY9CGx8isZkdDy2Re9UlKP_IwEWN] 
>>
>> conducted by the Imagining the Internet Center at Elon University and 
>> the
>> Pew Research
>> Center's Internet & American Life Project.
>>
>> Read more:
>> http://pewinternet.org/Reports/2010/Impact-of-the-Internet-on-Institutions-in-the-Future.aspx 
>>
>>
>> [http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?et=1103361950871&s=4634&e=001fwsSaGi8rI35NY1_2-OqjWKENbU801OJ6j2rRgy-8cw7Y8Zu6xk-P5Axd1n23lR8lb_SjRKsldmlFTv0Ev9NOu42vh1aRZvMKvBftXpuvpd-HD6Dk8rmPxJkoVFSOEb7igoDcNykUeNulkjayvAolBIxUKlaILHH] 
>>
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